A mysterious formation of lights has been spotted in the sky over Phoenix, catching the attention of UFO watchers who point out the incident's dramatic similarity to an iconic 1997 UFO sighting.
The strange lights were observed on February 2 and 3, with independent videos of each incident making their way online. On February 2, a group of three men were walking in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix when they noticed the strange array of lights hanging over the horizon. The trio were able to film the inexplicable UFO, yet from a distance, little detail is evident.
On February 3, witnesses in the Goodyear area noticed a similar horizontal array of eight lights in the sky, and recorded the UFO from their car. The group described the strange object as a craft, with one occupant of the vehicle asserting near the end of the footage that it looked like a "huge circle."
"I saw this UFO while driving. It was moving south over the Estrella Mountains. The lights were a fiery color. What is not visible in the video is the shape of the craft and the massive size of it. After it disappeared we continued to drive in the direction it was headed, eventually driving behind the mountain but saw nothing."Media outlets have suggested that the strange lights may be the result of flares or a formation of drones. Some have alluded to the idea that the lights may also be connected to aircraft, and note the similarity of the incident to a mass sighting in Houston last August, when aerial lights caused a flood of UFO videos and images on social media.
UFO watchers, however, have pointed out the distinct similarity between the inexplicable lights seen over Phoenix, and the iconic sighting that took place in the same area in 1997. Last year, alleged footage of the incident made its way to YouTube, depicting military aircraft on patrol the night that the strange lights were spotted over Arizona's capitol. While the military's official explanation asserts that the lights were the result of aircraft flares, Arizona's governor at the time, Fife Symington III, debated that claim in an interview.
"I'm a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies. I can definitively say that this craft did not resemble any man made object I'd ever seen. And it was certainly not high-altitude flares because flares don't fly in formation."
Classified Phoenix Lights images.I've obtained exclusive military footage from the 1997 Phoenix Lights #phoenixlights pic.twitter.com/Sv7g5hlUOuWhatever the real explanation for the Phoenix lights phenomenon, it seems this UFO is hardly a thing of the past.
— David Collins (@David_P_Collins) December 1, 2014
[Image: YouTube/ Green Grey via UFO Sightings Daily]